The Paraglider Research Vehicle and tow plane await flight on Rogers dry lakebed.
In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the Paresev 1-A (Paraglider Research Vehicle) and the tow airplane, 450-hp Stearman Sport Biplane sitting on Rogers dry lakebed, Edwards, California, in January of 1962.
The control system in the Paresev 1-A had a more conventional control stick position and was cable-operated. The main landing gear used shocks and bungees with the 150-square-foot wing membrane being made of 6-ounce unsealed Dacron.
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